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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
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It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by jvjnavysister Nov 20. 1 Reply

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

+ flu

Started by amb0821. Last reply by Sarah's Human Oct 17. 1 Reply

My son contacted me Tuesday to say he was sent to RCU for the flu and his graduation date is now pushed back.  a few questions:1.  Do they always return to a group or division on a set day, I mean..…Continue

Broken Pinky Finger

Started by Liz. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 3. 3 Replies

We got a call Tuesday 9/17 from our son that he was being set back 2-4 weeks because of a broken pinky finger that had happened 10 days prior. He was beginning week 4. We are beyond worried because…Continue

Scripted call from SR - Don't Come to Graduation - I'm sick

Started by Tiffany. Last reply by AmyLynn Aug 23. 9 Replies

Last night I received a call from my SR that I wasn’t looking forward to and need some serious advice and encouragement. The call was pretty scripted started out with him stating his name and not to…Continue

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Comment by Parrothdgal on July 4, 2011 at 9:06am
Sharon how are you doing?  I'm worried about you have gotten very quite!  I know hoe hard all of this is on a mother and a SR.  Have you heard from him and when is PIR the 8th? 
Comment by TN Navy Mom (Stennis Nuke Mom) on June 27, 2011 at 12:21pm

Sharon - No, we did not see our son before A school.  He completed all of his final requirements from RCU rather than re-join a new division.  He was week 5 day 1 and was a seciton leader in his division.  He knew, at that point, that to join a new division with only 2.5 weeks of training left, he would be an outsider and would not have the time to adjust to a new division or know his shipmates.


We cancelled our plans and reservations and learned a valuable lesson about military life, just because it's what we want, doesn't mean we get to see them when we want and we have to be ready to make changes to our plans.

My sailor was married at the time, so once he arrived at A school and had his indoc and housing briefs, he came home for 3 days to get my DIL and move her to SC.  That was the only time we saw him until he graduated from A school and took 10 days leave.


mama bear - ditto what Parrothdgal says.  The doctors will NOT release them to training until they feel that the SR is ready.  Mine had a knee injury and was not allowed to run or jumping jacks, etc.  He could do crunches and some pushups.  When he phased up in his therapy, he could work on the elliptical until they released him to put pressure on his knee.

Comment by Parrothdgal on June 27, 2011 at 8:12am

mama~ Trust that after 100 years the Navy has a plan! I know it seems senseless but it not that the RDC's do care. All the SR's have Dr. orders for what they are allowed or not allowed to do. My SR had PT everyday some in a pool some not. She did NO exercise or walking at all! You see the Dr. weekly and if you get to feeling to low there is a counselor there as well. My daughter was so broken emotionally but I’ll tell you that’s a very big part of boot camp. If your SR is doing physical activity that’s a good sign! Your SR will want to get out of there fast and WILL!

Comment by mama bear on June 25, 2011 at 4:50pm

when she got to BC she was on a different ship but she has been on ship four since May 14th or 15th, yah I worry about the emotion state, but how do they expect them to get better if they have to continue to do strenous exercises such as jumping jacks. leg lifts, and climbs


Comment by Sharon-Proud Sailor Mom on June 25, 2011 at 10:47am
TN Navy mom - when you say that he didn't PIR - did you get to see him before he went to A school - chicago is much closer to me that FL and I'm not sure my 13 yr old daughter (broke both bones in leg) can make a trip to FL - she misses her brother so much - and so do I!
Comment by Sharon-Proud Sailor Mom on June 23, 2011 at 9:37pm
Thank you all - tonight was to be his Battle Stations - he was so close. I hope all your SR's get better soon!
Comment by Parrothdgal on June 23, 2011 at 5:48pm
Sharon ... let me know if you want me to send him a letter as well.  :o) 
Comment by TN Navy Mom (Stennis Nuke Mom) on June 23, 2011 at 5:17pm
It didn't affect my sailor's rate at all.  He ended up on hold for a few weeks after Battle Stations for a waiver BUT the delay was mostly due to the Tennessee floods last May as orders come out of Middleton Tennessee and the base was under water.  Mine finished Battle Stations on April 30, 2010 and made it to Goose Creek the first week of June.
Comment by Sharon-Proud Sailor Mom on June 23, 2011 at 5:09pm
Does this affect his rating - he's supposed to go to IT in Pensacola  for A school.  Thanks for answering my questions - a week away from PIR - it's just so surprising and awful for him!  I'm trying to regroup and make sure he knows we're supporting him.
Comment by Parrothdgal on June 23, 2011 at 1:58pm
Sharon...I would say send letters but nothing else!  Send lots and lots of letters!

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